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  • vytaspass
    Seems like its a well built, good performance kite, but the size may be a bit small. I m 190 and want 6-8 knts ability to ride. If they made a 16, it sounds
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2002
      Seems like its a well built, good performance kite, but the size may
      be a bit small. I'm 190 and want 6-8 knts ability to ride. If they
      made a 16, it sounds like it would be perfect, but they don't. And no
      costs as of yet. Terry, maybe you can ask them if a 16 is in the
      works and what their US costs will be?

      Takoon Skoop 14.3 Kite - Review
      Toby


      Joined: Sep 24, 2001
      Posts: 780
      From: Europe
      Posted: 2002-02-21 13:26
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      Thanks to Andoni and the Windysite gang
      ( www.windysite.com ):


      After a whole week of testing and comparing at Windysite here you are
      our
      first review on the new Takoon Skoop. Comments will be very much
      appreciated.

      Construction: Same Dacron than in the Rhino. Tough. No Dacron in the
      tips,
      the kite is made of spy to the very end. To compensate this, the tips
      have
      several strong, wide, radial reinforcements in the line-attaching
      points.

      Bladders: 7 bladders, 2 of them at the very tip. These last ones come
      with a
      different valve which does not let exit any air. You can leave these
      bladders drum tight effortlessly.

      Bridals: the kite comes with reverse relaunch - power steering
      bridles. Good
      Ronstan pulleys that will not wear the bridles, we hope. Durability
      to be
      checked from intensive use (and abuse) in the coming weeks.

      Profile:
      Thin leading edge.
      Segmented leading edge but not as much as in the Rhino.
      Negative curve in the trailing edge.
      Wide tips.
      High aspect ratio.
      This kite is 14.3 m2 flat / 10.5 projected


      Bottom end:
      The kite will stay overhead in 5 knots.
      A 80 kg./ 175 lb. rider on a 172 Prankster TT planes working the kite
      in 8
      steady knots. The power comes more from moving the kite (F One like)
      than
      from a deep powerful profile (Rhino like). As it happens with the F
      One, the
      Skoop generates lots of power when you work it hard. Once parked it
      does not
      offer big power, unless you already have good board speed.

      Turning:
      even softer than in the F One. No pressure in the bar. A very neat
      "Airblast" feeling, but faster and sweeter. The kite, as it happens
      with the
      Rhino and the F One, does not open even a little in the tips in
      sudden
      turns. The kite turns well when not in the chicken loop. We use a 55
      cm.
      bar.

      Upwind:
      The kite will park exactly where you want it to and there it will
      stay. It
      flies quite forward in the window so going fast upwind, even in light
      winds
      is a child's game.

      Jumping:
      LOTS of upwards lift, almost as much as in the F One or the Cabrinha
      BT and
      surely more than in the Rhino or Aero. No matter how you landed, it's
      really
      difficult to luff the kite. Very stable.

      Reversal launching:
      easier than in the Airblast, the sudden pull when you relaunch the
      kite is
      softer now, as it has a natural tendency to go to the edge of the
      window
      before getting speed and power. Launching the kite in the usual way
      is quite
      easy, anyhow. Easier than the F One or Cabrinha BT and as easy as the
      Rhino
      or Aero.

      High end:
      About 20-22 steady knots for an 80 kg. experienced rider on that same
      172
      Prankster.

      Accessories:
      Average "Naish like" extensible bag. No bar or lines tested yet,
      sorry.
      Big pump.

      Color schemes (bladders/body):
      orange / khaki, orange/apple green, white/pink.... not quite
      conventional,
      to say the least....

      Overall:
      A very well constructed kite, up to today's standards. A kite that
      not
      experienced riders can grow with (very stable, easy to relaunch and
      sweet in
      the hands) but also a kite that even the most experienced riders will
      love
      for how it flies and what it delivers. A very easy forgiving kite
      with a
      wide wind range and high performances. It's less technical than the F
      One or
      the Cabrinha BT and almost in their same performance level.
      Experienced
      riders will prefer the F One, though. The 14.3 is the biggest kite
      most
      people will need.
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